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How does this feel? “There were a few sleep­less nights, but to get to the fin­ish in first and third and El­fyn’s pace was great with his fastest times… I would def­i­nitely have taken this. The car’s good. And so are the driv­ers...”

What was Ogier’s feed­back?

“We have a long list of lit­tle things that he wants. We’re work­ing on these as fast as we can, we’re work­ing to make him happy. But, from the mo­ment he got in the car for the first time, he was happy. That was what gave us the con­fi­dence, but since then he’s just had no time in the car. We had the odd thing on the test and came out of there say­ing: ‘We think we’re OK, we think the car’s OK, but the driver’s just not had enough time…’” How much can you gain from those changes he wants? “There’s more per­for­mance to come from the car, but as well as that, Seb will get more used to us and we’ll get more used to him. Every­body’s learn­ing now and every­body will be im­prov­ing, what it be­comes now is a race to see which team can get these new cars ac­cli­ma­tised to the ral­lies the fastest. I think we’ll be on for some more wins in the rest of the year. This has given us con­fi­dence, it’s a great start and let’s see what comes.”

Will you need jok­ers to make any changes? “No. It’s not on that side, it’s more on the set-up and small changes in that area.”

You had some re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues though… “Com­ing into the event, we’d been fight­ing some small prob­lems, not car stop­pers, but these things cost per­for­mance. We came to the event know­ing we had done the best job we could do and we hoped we could main­tain the re­li­a­bil­ity. Like Tanak showed, it’s never per­fect. The part which we had the is­sue with on Ott’s car, we’d never had any is­sues with.”

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